Oh my gosh, this was a bittersweet layout. I was inspired by Nadia Cannizzo‘s Once Upon a Sketch blog, where she supplied a wonderful sketch for inspiration and asked those who played along this challenge to “write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to?” I am not certain that my journalling really follows her challenge, but I found her sketch so inspirational that I just needed to use it to express what I needed to express this season.
My journalling reads:
“The Ghosts of
This time of year I cannot help but think of Christmases past – Christmases when I was young and spent them with my parents and siblings. My father and my twin brother Gary really loved Christmas time. Dad would make his “Dad’s Christmas Expectations List” complete with catalogue names and page numbers so that we could buy him just the right gadget for under the tree. When Gary began to work he would buy himself a Christmas gift – something he had wanted all year. Mom loved to have us all at home. After Gary and Dad were gone, we would have Mom for our Christmas Eve celebration, take her to my in-law’s home in the morning with us, then take her wherever she wanted to go for the afternoon and Christmas dinner. Chris and Mary were on the road since their first Christmases, and love to travel now on the day. I am so grateful for my own family to spend Christmas with now.”
We all have memories we wish we could relive. I was so happy to honour mine with this layout. And I am so happy to be able to create Christmas memories at this time for my own family to cherish.
Nadia’s creations are inspirational, as is her challenge blog. We are very lucky to have her as guest designer for another Freaking scrappy challenge … – I had no idea at the time I asked her that she had so much else going to challenge her own and other’s creativity. So nice to meet new friends to inspire us !!
Here is my layout based on her sketch: